Name: Greg Doran.
Organisation and position: Morgan Sindall: Construction North, SHE Advisor.
Are you ex-military? Yes, I served in the 2nd Battalion of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment from 2007-2014
When did you sign-up to BuildForce as a Mentor and how much time have you given to the programme?
I signed up to Build force in July 2018, after it was brought to my attention by our Community investment manager. Generally speaking, the mentoring scheme is really flexible, the mentee dictates the pace of the relationship and it doesn’t take up too much of my time. Being a mentor is like being a sounding board- you give advice and the mentee is free to pick and choose what they find helpful.
What was your motivation for signing up?
I remember when I left the Army, the military provided plenty of support, yet I still felt vulnerable and anxious about my next career move. Luckily, I was given my first opportunity by a veteran called Tony Haigh, who is a safety professional in the construction industry. So naturally, when I learned about the Build Force scheme I jumped at the chance to be able to offer support to people who are going through the resettlement process; you could say I went full circle. It’s also important to understand that you don’t have to be ex-military to mentor; the key motivation is placing people in the industry to address the skill shortage.
What have your activities involved as a Mentor?
To date I’ve mentored a chap called Cedric Mane, Cedric is due to leave the Army in March, and his aspiration is to work as a safety professional. My relationship with Cedric is really informal and we chat over the phone or on What’s App, mostly about advice and guidance. I brought Cedric to work to orient him around the civilian workplace and he sat in on some Human factors training, I’ve shown him various documents that he had learned about while studying his Nebosh certificates and explained how they apply in practice. Additionally, I’m aiming to get him booked in to sit the CSCS test and bring him back into to work to gain more experience. Hopefully, this makes him more appealing to future employers and he can secure a job when he leaves the military.
What would you say to anyone getting involved?
Mentoring is a rewarding experience, not just for the mentee but for the mentor and the organisation they work for. For example, the mentee will get improved self-confidence, a sense of value, and access to new ideas and perspectives, Whereas, you get a sense of satisfaction and your organisation gets a chance to disseminate their organisational values, plus invest in motivated candidates who will have an abundance of transferable skills.